Category: Food & Drink

Get the scoop on Door County food and drink scene, including breweries, restaurants and taverns. From Brussels to Washington Island, we’ve got the latest on what the peninsula’s chefs, bartenders, and artisans are cooking up for you in Door County.

  • WINE TRAILS: The Confidence of Steve Johnson of Door 44

    “Would you like a glass of wine while we talk?” I wasn’t sure whether the question was meant to be rhetorical. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I answered in the affirmative.  I was about to meet with a man whose name I had heard numerous times during my meetings with Door County […]

  • WINE TRAILS: Lautenbach’s Orchard Country: Local Fruit, Local Flavors

    by JIM SCHNAEDTER Jim Schnaedter describes himself as a wine appreciator, but not an expert. “I love drinking it, pouring it, talking about it and writing about it, but the more I do of each, the more I learn of what I don’t know about it.” He sets out to discover Door County wines and […]

  • BITS & BITES: Winter Dining on the Green at Alpine

    The Alpine Resort has a new dining option for winter: Burton’s on the Green is now offering dining in the historical clubhouse at the Alpine Golf Course.  The eatery will be open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu crafted by executive chef Tony Gorham. Menu items include breakfast pizza, biscuits and gravy, […]

  • Happy Hour with Kait: Going All Irish

    It was mid-November, and one of the first season’s-over stops was at a year-round place: Coyote Roadhouse in Baileys Harbor. Crazy crowded in season, I glide right into a front-of-place parking space. It’s like exhaling without realizing I’d been holding my breath. We slide into a booth, no reservations required. Low ceilings, a forest of […]

  • Bits & Bites: Special Menus at Fish Market

    The Harbor Fish Market is decked out for the holiday season and prepping for several special dining events coming this winter.  For New Year’s celebrations on Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31, the Fish Market will offer up a special menu featuring Japanese A5 Kobe Strip, Pheasant Breast and cedar plank salmon entrees. Reservations […]

  • Cultured Finds a Home for 2023

    After three years of bouncing around shared kitchens or rental spaces, Mattea Fischer has landed on a permanent place to bake her much-sought-after sourdough, focaccia rounds and rolls. Fischer, who launched Cultured in 2020, has purchased the building that was most recently home to Blackbird Bake Shop on the corner of Highway 57 and County […]

  • Winter Rules: A Bartender Relishes the Quiet Season

    Bill Budelman loves the variety that comes with bartending at a year-round tavern in a tourist town. He serves visitors and locals, couples and families, loner die-hards and lone singles out for a party. For the most part, he sees people at their best, the Bayside Tavern’s longtime daytime bartender told me in late July.  […]

  • Lifting A Stein at the Haus on the Hill

    “German beer is brewed according to Reinheitsgebot, a law adopted in Bavaria in 1516 which permits only water, hops and malt as ingredients. Yeast was later added to the list.” Who says nothing good happens after midnight? It was well after that hour in 2018 when Kevin Lawell and David Kurth were finishing up a […]

  • Spatchcocking Chicken

    Autumn is a wonderful time to keep your grill in rotation in Door County because grilled chicken – paired with all the fall bounty that you can find at the farmers markets – equals happy bellies and satisfied guests. I was raised in a home with a mom who baked lots of chicken and smashed […]

  • Drink This: Brandy Milk Punch

    Combining two of Wisconsin’s specialties – brandy and dairy – seems like an excellent idea, especially when vanilla and nutmeg play a part.  Ingredients 2 oz brandy 1½ oz half-and-half or heavy cream 1 oz simple syrup ½ tsp vanilla extract Ice Freshly grated nutmeg Combine the brandy, cream, simple syrup and vanilla extract in […]

  • Wine Fest Offers Tasting Tour of County’s Wine Scene

    One week after the beer festival, Maxwelton Braes will play host to a celebration of Door County wines during the Door County Wine Festival. The June 24, 2023, festival will showcase most of the wineries on the Door County Wine Trail. Tickets to the Door County Wine Festival are $60 and include a commemorative glass, […]

  • Beer, Wine Fest Tickets Go on Sale Wednesday

    Tickets for two of Door County’s marquee beverage events will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Door County Beer Festival and the Door County Wine Festival will both take place on the grounds of Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor on successive weekends in June of 2023.  First up is the beer festival, which brings […]

  • Drömhus Opens Eatery

    Drömhus will celebrate the grand opening of Sturgeon Bay’s newest eatery Nov. 18-20. Artist David Nielsen’s work will be on display in the space and highlighted in the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl this weekend.  “Our specialty is traditional Fika,” owner Heather Weasler said in a press release. “A break from activity during which people drink […]

  • Thanksgiving Dining Options

    Some of us love the tradition of cooking a big family meal together for Thanksgiving. Others, not so much. And still others simply don’t have family around for the holiday. For you, we did the digging to find restaurants and bakeries that are offering Thanksgiving dining or preparations. The following is a list of the […]

  • Trying the Butter Board Trend

    Does the butter board hold a candle to the cheese board? Butter lovers, unite! There’s a new trend circulating on the internet for the next snacking delight: butter boards. And yes, they’re exactly what they sound like. Food influencers across the internet are posting videos of smearing softened butter on fancy boards and topping it with […]

  • Warming up for Winter at Fish Creek Market

    Sandwich season is over at the Fish Creek Market, but you’ll still be able to snag lunches there this winter: Hot lunches to go returned Nov. 8. The market is open Tuesday-Saturday.

  • Sushi Time at CHOP

    Sushi specials are coming to CHOP. The Sister Bay steak and seafood staple at 2345 Mill Road is adding Thursday-night sushi-roll specials. CHOP is now open Thursday-Saturday at 5 pm.

  • Sipping with the Bad Moravians

    The Sway taproom in Baileys Harbor may be closed for the season, but you can still taste the brewcraft of Matt Sampson this winter at Bad Moravian, 3055 Church St. in Ephraim. Sway beers will be on draft in the taproom throughout the winter.

  • Drink This: Fall in a Cup

    At CHOP in Sister Bay, a wide selection of top bourbon and scotch on the back bar shelves will pull you in – or scare you away. But for those without a strong palate, there’s also a drink that offers the spices of the season without the blast to the palate. Alyse Freeman’s Fall in […]

  • Bearded Heart for Sale

    Add Bearded Heart Coffee to the list of restaurants up for sale. The Baileys Harbor coffee shop closed for the season Sept. 25, and the property on the corner of Highway 57 and Howard Avenue is now listed by Professional Realty for $1.25 million. The parcel includes the building behind the shop that’s home to […]